Tag: Culinary Dropout

A Craft Beer, Five-Course Meal Perfect for Cold Weather

November 19, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

culinaryHave you been watching the news? Apparently, Buffalo, New York has already gotten a ridiculous amount of snow. We’re talking around six feet of the white stuff. And you thought it was cold here. Okay, to be fair, it has been a bit chilly in the morning and at night here. What goes with well with cold weather? Craft beer and warm food. Scottsdale’s Culinary Dropout will be hosting a five-course dinner with the help of Odell Brewing Company. The meal will cost $45 per person and takes place on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. To make reservations, call  480-970-1700. We’re guessing you want to see the menu?

First Course
Roasted Baby Beets – goat cheese, fritters, preserved Meyer lemon, pepita brittle, mint, baby arugula
Pairing: Loose Leaf Session Ale

Second Course
“Pork and Beans” – braised pork belly, white bean cannelloni, Carolina barbecue, spiced chicharron
Pairing: 5 Barrel Pale Ale

Third Course
Diver Scallops – fuyu persimmon, pomegranate seed, sage brown butter
Pairing: Myrcenary Double IPA

Fourth Course
Chestnut Stuffed Ribeye Cap – black truffle duxelle, creamed spinach, sauce au poivre
Pairing: 90 Shilling Ale

Pumpkin Sticky Bun – salted butterscotch, cinnamon roasted pecan
Pairing: Mountain Standard Double Black IPA

Culinary Dropout to Host Superhero Themed Halloween Party

October 14, 2014 | 12:03 PM | Nightlife | By Maxfield Barker

culinaryHaven’t you heard? Superheroes are all the rage these days. Don’t believe us? The Avengers movie made a billion dollars. Literally. Actually, they made over a billion dollars worldwide. Superheroes are here to say with more and more movies and TV shows coming into fruition. This Halloween, you can be your favorite superhero at Culinary Dropout’s Halloween party. On Friday, Oct. 31, Phoenix’s The Yard and Scottsdale’s Waterfront will be transformed into their very own Comic Cons. Find a phone booth to change into your favorite superhero attire and enjoy the live music and specialty drinks. The party goes from 11:00 a.m. to midnight.

Need a Place to Watch Football? Try The Yard

September 25, 2014 | 12:00 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

S7AyScmJHDwyyl9erQkk5ZB-6g8uC8EXsCETMVmet9UWe’re in week four of the 2014 NFL season. Every Sunday is filled football. Whether you’re just a Cardinals fan or in a big money Fantasy Football league, you’re going to need a place to watch all the games. If you’re looking for a new spot, you may want to consider Culinary Dropout at The Yard in Phoenix. Complete with the NFL Sunday Ticket, you can watch every game on Sunday. Opening at 10:00 a.m. just in time for the first games, the gastropub also offers some pretty stellar food and drink specials, as well. If beer is your thing, there are 50 beers on tap or you can go for breakfast-inspired cocktails like the Bacon Bloody Mary (pictured) or the Last Man Standing. For food, try something healthy (not really) like buffalo chicken meatballs, house cranked brats, and shrimp and pork belly ramen. There’s something for everyone. This seems like a nice way to spend a Sunday.

Eat to Support the Angelman Syndrome Foundation

May 1, 2014 | 12:05 PM | Restaurants | By Maxfield Barker

l8nZLFUoAX1Kw1wMVvI_dNmRTmkln588v-_eegT3EbEIf you could eat some delicious food and support a great cause at the same, all of life’s ailments would be cured. Sadly, that’s not the case, but by eating pretzels and fondue, you can do a little bit to support the Angelman Syndrome Foundation. If you dine at either of the Culinary Dropout locations in the Valley on Tuesday, May 13, you can help support medical research and raise awareness for Angelman Syndrome. How? When you order the Soft Pretzel & Provolone Fondue, all proceeds of that item will go to the foundation. Angelman Syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes neurological and developmental issues like seizures, speech impairment, sleep disorders and difficulty walking and balancing. Your support will go to a good cause, so, we recommend you get a craving for pretzels and fondue on May 13.

Oskar Blues Beer and Culinary Dropout, a Perfect Combo

February 5, 2014 | 12:11 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

CDO Exterior Scottsdale[3]We see a lot of those upscale wine pairing dinners, which can be cool. But, sometimes it’s nice to see something a little different. That’s where Oskar Blues Brewery and the always-great Culinary Dropout come in. On Feb. 17, the restaurant at the Scottsdale Waterfront will offer a four-course meal expertly paired with some of Oskar Blue’s best beers. The dinner is $40 per person. To make your reservation, call 480-970-1700. We’re guessing you want to see the menu? Yeah, we do too.

First Course
Winter Samosa – Market Veggies, Romesco and Green Apple Chutney
Pairing: Dale’s Pale Ale

Second Course
House Salad topped with Pils Vinaigrette, Tomato and Parmesan
Pairing: Mama’s Little Yella Pils

Third Course
Fried Chicken and Ribs – Buttermilk Biscuit, Mashed Potatoes and Coleslaw
Pairing: Maker’s Mark Bourbon Barrel Aged Dale’s Pale Ale

Bread Pudding – Golden Raisins, Cinnamon and Caramel
Pairing: Old Chub Scotch Ale

‘Greaser Guys and Pinup Girls’ Halloween Party at The Yard

October 21, 2013 | 12:00 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

the yardHalloween will be here in just about a week and a half. Are you still looking for something to do? Don’t have any costumes idea yet, either? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Culinary Dropout’s The Yard in central Phoenix will be having a “Greaser Guys and Pinup Girls” Halloween party. You’ve guessed it. Guys come dressed in your favorite leather jacket and pompadour while girls strike a pose as pinup models. Sounds like a lot fun, right? Aside from normal bar drinks, you can enjoy a Pirates of the Black Sea, which is a cocktail made with Kraken Black Rum, Brandy, Grand Marnier, Caramelized Pineapple and Lime. The party is Oct. 31, from 8:00 pm to midnight.

Image via The Tale of Two Tings

Culinary Dropout Supports Movember With Mustaches and Cocktails

October 17, 2013 | 12:20 PM | Eat & Drink | By Maxfield Barker

JFUI3oMiZrX-pLthA3lpPyy3E1QemgfbfAyRDJMYO5ASome of you may be asking what exactly Movember is. During the month of November, men from around the country will be growing a mustache to support and raise awareness for men’s health issues. Well gentlemen, it is almost time to ditch the razors and shaving cream. Culinary Dropout has announced that they will participating in their own Movember movement and they will be inviting guests to raise money for the Movember Foundation. Let your ‘stache grow and head to Culinary, where they’ll take your pic where it will uploaded to the “CDO Movember Movement” album on their Facebook page. You can further support the cause by ordering a Mustache Andy ($9). It’s a delicious beer-cocktail, featuring Bulliet Rye. Bulleit Frontier Whiskey was kind enough to donate $1,500 to the cause.

The Yard to Host YardStock Music Festival

October 4, 2013 | 12:12 PM | Events | By Maxfield Barker

IMG_0393Have you been to The Yard yet? It’s pretty awesome. It is currently Fox Concepts’ largest project. It’s often been described as a “backyard and kitchen all rolled into one.” Basically, it’s central Phoenix’s Culinary Dropout location that has a giant, enclosed patio. How big is it? Try 53,000 square feet on for size. Told you. Anyway, on Oct. 19 from noon to 11:00 pm, the Yard will be hosting the YardStock Music Festival. Enjoy the music of great local bands and games like cornhole, ping-pong, foosball and shuffleboard. If you plan on riding your bike there, don’t forget to get a tuneup from the in-house Slippery Pig Bike Shop. Oh, and the event will be sponsored by Belvedere Vodka and Oregon-based craft brewery Deschutes Brewery and they’ll be serving drinks.

The Yard | 5632 N. 7th Street | Phoenix

Cocktail Week Carousels

February 23, 2012 | 7:55 AM | Art & Entertainment | By Staff

Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or just a lover of libations, Arizona Cocktail Week has been a blast, but it is far from over. Keep the celebrations in tow with a Cocktail Dinner at Distrito or a Clase Azul Tequila Dinner at La Hacienda February 23, and top off the week’s festivities with St. Germains at Culinary Dropout.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, February 23, Distrito Chef Pete Balodimas, Ambassador for Milagro tequila Gaston Martinez and master mixologist Jason Asher will host a special “imbibe and dine” evening, where each guest will be given their own mixology kit and will learn to make Milagro cocktails, the Mercadito, Veracruzana and Carpe Dia. Guests will also pair their creations with three courses featuring luscious dishes like Tuna Ceviche with cucumber salsa, lime sorbet, pickled jalapeno and compressed cucumber and Roasted Suckling Pig with blackberry mojo and garbanzo-sage cassoulet. Followed by tequila flights and churros for dessert, cost is $40 per guest. To make reservations, call 480.970.4444.

That same evening, La Hacienda will provide a four-course dinner menu featuring Clase Azul Anejo tequila, accompanied by specialty cocktails, tequila flights and a sampling of the Clase Azul Extra Anejo, ‘Ultra.’ Clase Azul owner, John Hanson, will ride along for the evening, along with Chef Forest Hamrick and “Tequila Goddess” Danielle Griffin. Limited seating available. Cost is $85 per person. To reserve a spot, call 480.585.4848 ex. 7320.

Cap off Cocktail Week at St. Germains Bottoms Up Event at 11 a.m. February 25 at Culinary Dropout. Co-hosted by Young’s Market Co., the event is complimentary for conference attendees and will feature live music, food and of course, specialty cocktails until midnight. Guests will be able to discuss what they learned this week, speak with industry experts and perhaps mix up some new concoctions.

Culinary Dropout | 7135 East Camelback Road # 125, Scottsdale, AZ | 85251

Valentine’s Day Not Making You Glad? Then Get S.A.D.

February 13, 2012 | 9:30 AM | Bars | By Staff

If all of this hype about Valentine’s Day makes you want to hurl, cry or bury yourself into a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, we get it – but get over it, throw on your hottest heels and come out to Culinary Dropout at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 15 to celebrate being single with $5 bubbly, $4 well drinks, $8 cocktails and local band Blues Man Mike. It will be Singles Awareness Day (S.A.D.), after all, and what better way to stick to Valentine’s Day than with aptly-named concoctions such as SADcakes, a sweet libation made with Malibu, Cruzan Rum, crème de cacao, cream and simple syrup topped with pomegranate foam and sprinkles, or the Effen Cupid, which features Effen Black Cherry Vodka, raspberry, lime and simple syrup, garnished with conversation hearts. One shy of a couple? Order a Table for One (with your head held high), created with vanilla liqueur, Hornitos Plata, raspberry puree, simple syrup and lime juice or imbibe your sorrows with Dear John, a forget-it-all potion made with John Jameson, cherry bitters, Solerno, simple syrup and lemon juice and garnished with a lemon-wrapped cherry. And get your mojo going with Chilled Oysters, cozy up to the single person next to you and share a baked-to-order, perfect-for-two Apple Monkey Bread and more.

For more information about Culinary Dropout, click here.

Culinary Dropout | 7135 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ | 85251.

The Weekender: Spooktails Roundup

October 28, 2011 | 2:30 PM | Bars | By Staff

What’s Halloweekend without a spooky cocktail or two? Here’s rundown of our favorite spooktail recipes for the weekend:

Available through November 2 at Culinary Dropout and Modern Steak

.5 oz. lemon juice
1.5 oz. strawberry simple syrup
• 1 T. Monin strawberry syrup
• 2 T. simple syrup
.75 oz. Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey
1 oz. Devil’s Cut Bourbon

Combine in a shaker with ice; shake and strain. Pour into a martini glass. Garnish with cinnamon lips or a drop a few Red Hots in the bottom of the glass.


120 Seconds: Sam Fox

October 17, 2011 | 12:30 PM | 120 Seconds | By Staff

On the clock today, Mr. Sam Fox, CEO of Fox Restaurant Concepts (you know, Culinary Dropout, Sauce, Bloom NoRTH, True Food Kitchen, the list goes on) chiming in on football in honor of the Valley’s 2015 Super Bowl victory as well as food.

Today, Sam Fox announcing his partnership with Ashly Young, owner of Chloe’s Corner at Kierland Commons, to open Chloe’s Corner at downtown’s CityScape, where Oakville Grocery is.

So here’s how this works, we start the clock and rapid fire some questions to you, you answer them and bam, we post them up on the interwebs for the world to see and share.  Let’s begin:

DLT: When did your first restaurant open? What was it?
SF: Gilligans Bar & Grill Tucson in 1993.


Drop Out With Your Cocktails Out

September 30, 2011 | 3:30 PM | Bars | By Alanna Watson

Many will agree: Mixology is an art. For Sam Fox, owning millions of restaurants is a lucrative business. Bring the two together and you have the first ever Cocktail Competition this Sunday at Culinary Dropout from 2-4 p.m. If 10 Fox Restaurant bartenders competing for the ultimate crown of master mixologist doesn’t sound like a good Sunday Funday activity, maybe the drink specials will rope you in. From 4 p.m. to close, there will be Holy Stoli drink specials and 25% off snacks and liquor in the bar. As for the entertainment, the bartenders will submit their concoctions to a blind tasting to panel of esteemed judges and the top three will advance to the next round. Friendly competition and lots of booze? This sounds like his best business plan yet. Cheers!

Hater’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

February 9, 2011 | 12:45 PM | Events | By Alanna Watson

Whether it be broken, bruised, black or just seriously loving the single life right now, your heart is not in the mood for all of the sickening love in the air. It’s around every corner at the grocery store and plastered in the pages of your favorite magazine. Even your iPod seems to be in on the conspiracy by only playing tragic love songs and, frankly, you’re sick of it. You want to beat the crap out of the heart-shaped piñata like Jennifer Garner in Valentine’s Day and possibly light things on fire. We’re right there with you and, of course, have a solution. Treat February 14 as any other day with our “Hater’s Guide to Valentine’s Day” after the jump. »READ MORE

Weekend (at Bernie’s) Guide

January 14, 2011 | 3:29 PM | Restaurants | By Staff

In honor of our newfound love of working out and eating right, we’ve decided to run in this weekend’s PF Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Roadblock Marathon. After all, we’re not so out of shape that we couldn’t huff and puff for a measly 2.6 miles. Wait, what’s that? 26.2 miles. That’s nuts, people. Let’s go gastropubbing instead.

What’s a gastropub? Only the best … trend … ever!


It’s Fiesta Time in Scottsdale

January 5, 2011 | 3:01 PM | Events | By Alanna Watson

Beer. Great, glad we have your attention. It may be Wednesday afternoon, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the weekend, beer or the biggest event in College Football, the BCS Championship hosted in Glendale. If this sounds like your bag, they are all conveniently coming together with the return of the Bud Light Fiesta taking place this week at the Scottsdale Waterfront.


Behind the Apron with Graeme Blair

September 20, 2010 | 7:28 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

Managing Chef at the Brittlebrush Bar & Grill, Graeme Blair brings the flavors of his native Scotland to north Scottsdale. Overlooking the impossibly-green, rolling hills of the Scottish-style Kierland Golf Club, this handsome gastro-pub feels about as far away from the broiling Sonoran Desert you can get. Especially after knocking back a few pints while listening to a bagpiper salute the sunset. Seriously!

Sip, Swirl, Savor and Snicker?

September 13, 2010 | 1:55 PM | Restaurants | By Staff

Scoop Factory is ready to chuckle & chow-down at Crave AZ 2010:

Hosted at the Scottsdale Waterfront this October 22 – 24, Crave AZ is a can’t-miss for local foodies. It all kicks off on Friday, October 22 with a cocktail competition pitting local standout, Eric Carfagnini of Culinary Dropout, against several of the nation’s best bartenders for the title of National Top Bar Chef. Forty-eight food-filled hours later, the event concludes with a sumptuous Grand Tasting featuring samplings from 40 of the Valley’s top independent restaurants, cooking demos on an outdoor kitchen stage and more wine seminars than you can shake a wine stem at, including more than 200 different varietals to sip and savor.


Worth Repeating: ‘Dropout’ Wins Cocktail Contest

September 5, 2010 | 10:10 AM | Restaurants | By Staff

As chosen by you, here are the most popular posts of ALL TIME! (last week)

Read what happened when our pals at Scoop Factory helped judge a cocktail competition in Scottsdale. (Hint: Hanna Montana made a surprise guest appearance.)


‘Dropout’ Wins Cocktail Contest

August 30, 2010 | 1:22 PM | Restaurants | By Staff

Read what happened when our pals at Scoop Factory helped judge a cocktail competition in Scottsdale. (Hint: Hanna Montana made a surprise guest appearance.)

Last night we were invited to help judge a cocktail competition as part of the 2010 Crave AZ food festival. (On a related note, is the sun extra bright today, or is that just us?) Hosted at everybody’s fav speakeasy, Kaz Bar, it featured nine of the Valley finest mixologists going head to head for a chance to represent AZ in a national mix-off coming this October as part of Crave’s three-day food and wine extravaganza. And to make things interesting, each round featured a surprise special ingredient, including an obscure French liqueur handcrafted by monks. »READ MORE

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